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Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi Saison 1 Aged in Oak Barrels

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Brewed by Tamamura-Honten (Shiga Kogen Beer)
Style: Saison
Yamanouchi, Shimotakai district, Nagano prefecture, Japan
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Aged for 10 months in oak casks.


1.4
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
tderoeck (7259) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2016
26/XII/15 - 75cl bottle @ Tim’s 1st Second Christmas Day Tasting - BB: XII/2014, Barrel 8-10 (2015-1790) Thanks to sebletitje for sharing the bottle!

Little hazy blond to almost beige beer, creamy yellowish head, little stable, bit adhesive. aroma: bad cork, mildew, mold, walnuts, rotten stuff. Pretty bad... and it doesn’t even have a real cork in it! MF: lively carbon, medium body. Taste: bad rotten cork, very dirty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (8269) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2015
Buteille 75cl de KansaiBeerLvrs. 2011, BB 12/2014, si je lis bien le tout. Merci à toi Phil pour cette bouteille. Excité et soudainement très déçu du résultat de cette bière qui augurait de très bonnes choses. Couleur léger orangé, col fin blanc. Arôme est d’office un peu ’off putting’ avec un nez rappelant le bouchon de Liège qui a trop vécu sur des effluves de moisi et de vieille cave d’estaminet. Retrouve un boisé très minimaliste tout comme le côté houblon. Rétro boisé-vin blanc léger avec un côté de noix verte, vieux grains - rance. Palais est orienté grains, note de raisin blanc à la Sauvignon, mais dont tout le caractère est loin de sa prestance d’embouteillage. Tout passe comme ayant mal pris l’age. Le houblonné est sec versant sur le noble mais apportant peu en terme de complexité. Selon moi, elle est 1 1/2 trop vieille. Dommage, l’age ne fait pas que de bonnes choses pour les bières.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (6539) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2015
Thank you Sebletitje! 750 ml. bottle sampled @ “Tim’s Christmas Tasting”. 2011 Vintage. BBF 12/2014 if I read that correctly. Hazy golden, small white. Nose is massive oxidation, smells like Kulminator, mold, huge wet cork, cardboard,… Oxidation dominates in the taste, cardboard, wet cork, mold, Kulminator but some of the beer still shines a bit through, fizzy boozy esters, sake, Japanese white rice, light lemon, touch white grain alcohol, oak, perfume,… Fizzy white grain alcohol body. I looked forward to this one & the oxidation is a real shame here because I feel like this one would have been quite nice fresh.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenkiGonzo (824) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle from Yamaoka. First glass poured a lovely, opaque gold. The second was a murky, dirty gold. Huge wood aroma. Flavour is light and crisp. Great mix of fruit and oak.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (2266) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2014
2011 bottle from Tanakaya. In the glass it’s a pale golden amber to orange colour, white head. Nose is sour, tart, Brett yeast, lemon citrous, light funk, cereal grains, yeasty, biscuit malt. Taste is light sour, light tartness, cereal grain malt, toffee, light funk and farmyard, bit of barrel aged wood, dry Champagne yeast. Palate is quite clean and crisp, with light citrous and funk on the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
maekchu (3044) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUN 29, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2014 Bottles from Otsuki. We sampled five different versions at one session. I’ll give my rating and comments for the best one of the five, which was a 2010, Batch B4 with Brett Brux, bottled in June 2011. Time in barrel is uncertain, but probably around 12-18 months. Big sour nose, full of lemon and ripe peaches, and some light perfumey notes. Very light lemon juice color. Very sharp, tart initial flavor, rounded peach and pear, full and smacking-good. A bit of oxidation, which was actually a plus. Great smooth and lightly tingling finish. Medium body, as smooth as can be. The aging has worked wonders. Each flavor appears and develops on the tongue. Great!
Other versions sampled at the same session are as follows:
2010, Batch B5 with Brett Lambicus, 12-18 months in barrel, bottled in May 2011 - Rated at 4.1
2010, Batch B5 with Brett Brux, 30 months in barrel, bottled in December 2012 - Rated at 3.9
2011, Batch B7 with Brett Brux, 20 months in barrel, bottled in December 2102 - Rated at 3.6
2011, Batch B8 & B10 with Brett Lambicus, 20 months in barrel, bottled in December 2012 - Rated at 3.9

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3801) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 18, 2014
Bottle direct from the brewery & shared with Albert from AQ Bevolution & Brian "Stillwater" at Dig Bar. Batch 8 - 10 blend. A cloudy orange gold pour. With a thick filmy head that clings to the glass. Big barrel character in the nose oaky wine barrels - nice! Very soft mouthfeel, smooth. The taste is oaky, wine like, sweet, dry & tasty with a cork like mustiness plus a touch of spice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (9807) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle - Lemon, some Brett and oak notes. Clear amber with white head. Light grass and lemon, slightest sour note and yeast. This was nice but could have sat in the bottle to allow the Brett to advance some more.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1488) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle to flute at Dry-Dock Tokyo Lemon, Brett, and maybe some caramel. Clear amber with a thin long lasting creamy white head due to the strong effervescence. There are some particulates, but not unexpected as it’s a saison.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wombata (583) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAY 18, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2013 2010 version from bottle thanks to Mike. Aroma: perfumed, funky dusty straw, boiled lemon juice, lemon pith, floral, yeast, white grapefruit. Palate: soft, round, full initial mouthfeel with gentle "attack" of carbonation, followed by riper citrus flavors on the mid-palate and finish as this warms in the mouth. Flavor: funky, ripe and non-tart lemon and grapefruit, dusty wheat, yeast, white peach on mid-palate. On the finish this morphs back into citrus and understated acidity with mellow bitterness. Brilliant, world-class. Much better aged in bottle than cask IMHO. From tap at Eni-bru rated a 37 Aroma: sharp lemon, vinegar notes, and yeast. Flavor: floral, pear, cider vinegar and cider. Comment: 2010 vintage from bottle. Had this at the end of the evening, so need to retaste with a fresh palate. Certainly complex and perhaps a bit more pungently sour than the unaged Saison.


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